Technical Report CSI-0063

Using Blockchains for Distributed Logistics Supply Chain Management

J. W. Dixon and S. Penazzi and A. R. Ramudhin and K. A. Hawick

Archived: 2017


Blockchain technologies have been shown to be able to successfully underpin secure online financial services (e.g. Bitcoin), and have since developed a reputation as a fix-all solution for transparency, accountability and security issues in storing data and transactions in both public and private settings. However, cross-business consortiums with obvious use-cases, such as those evident in the logistics supply chain, are not yet regularly adopting a common blockchain for transaction storage and accountability because of a lack of understanding and trust. Furthermore, because blockchains are commonly designed to send raw data, visible to every connected node, the potential for competitors or unauthorized parties to analyze the common ledger and discover business secrets is a clear cause for apprehension. In this paper, we analyze the problems facing the uptake of blockchain technologies in supply chain management, inspect a relevant supply chain scenario with reference to the place of the blockchain within real-world logistics data management, and describe a technical and architectural approach which allows scalable, private sharing of business data whilst retaining the accountability and integrity of the blockchain.

Keywords: blockchain; supply chain; logistics; distributed; network

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BiBTeX reference:

        Title = {Using Blockchains for Distributed Logistics Supply Chain Management},
        Author = {J. W. Dixon and S. Penazzi and A. R. Ramudhin and K. A. Hawick},
        Booktitle = {Proc. 7th IESM Conference},
        Year = {2017},
        Address = {Saarbrucken, Germany},
        Month = {11-13 October},
        Pages = {1-7},
        Keywords = {blockchain; supply chain; logistics; distributed; network},
        Owner = {kahawick},
        Timestamp = {2017.08.23}